20 Buckingham Gate. (c. 1889-92). Architect: Reginald Blomfield. [Click on this image and those below to enlarge them.] Bradley and Pevsner compliment this “free and pretty early house . . . wholly unlike his later work,” mentioning its “red brick and white stone bands, stepped gable, square copper-roofed oriel, another, miniature oriel over the entrance” (695) and attributing the carved-brick frieze to Henry Pegram.

Henry Pegram's carved brick frieze. [Detail: Seated male nudes playing bagpipes and horns].

Left and right: Two views of the beautiful if puzzling galleon beneath the first floor's projecting window. (Bradley and Pevsner mention the ship; their only comment: “Why?” Was the owner a naval officer or a naval-history buff?). Center: the miniature oriel above the entrance.

Photographs by Robert Freidus. Text, perspective correction, and formatting by George P. Landow. You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]


Bradley, Simon, and Nikolaus Pevsner. London 6: Westminster. “The Buildings of England.” New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2003.

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